Classical Music Home

Welcome to Naxos Records

Keyword Search
 Classical Music Home > Naxos Album Reviews

Album Reviews

See latest reviews of other albums..., January 2012

the 10th volume of Keith Brion’s excellent survey of Sousa’s works contains seven of them—all comparative rarities…show Sousa, decade after decade, producing gems, most of them as suitable for the concert stage as for the parade ground. Yet there was more to Sousa’s work than marches, as this fine series continues to show. One of the best things about the Naxos Sousa series is that it provides a chance to hear both well-known and little-known Sousa marches while also showing, time and again, that the famous bandmaster composed in a variety of forms with considerable flair. © 2012 Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2012

The tenth volume in John Philip Sousa’s complete music for wind band has the sound and style I look for as my ideal view of the composer. As with previous releases in the series, conductor, Keith Brion, has devised a mixed and readily attractive programme that does not fall into date sequence, the early Myrrha Gavotte from 1876 showing Sousa’s youthful desire to become a classical composer. At the other end of the spectrum is the ballet suite used in his operetta, The Bride Elect, while the disc opens with a sparkling march composed two years before his death in 1932, The Salvation Army March. A trawl through the moods of the jazz era, in Jazz America; The Quilting Party March borrows music from other composers; Vautour Overture could well have been from a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta, and the funny use of popular tunes of the time comes in the extended Humoresque on Kern’s ‘Look for the Silver Lining’. The disc ends with the swinging march tempo of the 1920 Who’s Who in Navy Blue. The playing is very good, my only wish being for a more forward pulse in Myrrha Gavotte. The tight acoustic gives detailed inner clarity and the band tuning is largely good. Informative notes from Brion.

Naxos Records, a member of the Naxos Music Group